Friday, August 28, 2015

Make Plans for Two Upcoming SouthComm Events to Fill Your Belly

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 7:19 AM

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Remember last week when we were discussing all the "ampersand events" featuring bacon, bourbon, barrels, butchers, etc? I promised more details on the Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival coming up  Oct. 10 at the Nashville Farmers' Market. The SouthComm event is for ages 21+ only (barrel, duh) and will feature 25 of your favorite local restaurants showcasing their talents with sliced pork belly, which you probably call bacon. Or BACON

Additionally, notable distilleries like Nelson's Green Brier, Col. E.H. Taylor, Bulleit, George Dickel, Elmer T. Lee, Four Roses, Eagle Rare and others will be on hand to offer 15 different bourbon samplings included with your $40 admission ticket. It should go without saying that we here at the Scene hope that you arrange a safe ride home after all that tasting, but we'll say it anyway.

Proceeds from the Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival benefit Hands On Nashville and are available at the event's ticketing page.

Our SouthComm corporate cousins over at Nfocus are throwing a soiree of their own on Thursday, Sept. 10, with their annual Alfresco Dinner. As you'd expect from the fact that their offices are always neater and more stylish than our messy cubes, Nfocus folks definitely know how to throw an elegant party, and this one should not disappoint.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Free Slice Day Is Tuesday at Five Points Pizza

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

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To celebrate its fourth birthday, the popular pizzeria Five Points Pizza (located, naturally in the Five Points area of East Nashville) has designated this Tuesday, Sept, 1, as its annual Free Slice Day.

It's actually more like free slice night, since the freebies will be flying only from 5 to 7 p.m. The free slice options are cheese and pepperoni, and they are available only at the restaurant's walk-up window.

The other restriction: only one slice person — but hey, why be greedy about pizza that's free?

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Embers Ski Lodge Introduces Mule Mondays and 10 Buck Lunches

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:12 AM

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Last month, Scene culture editor Megan Seling reviewed a relative newcomer in 12South, Embers Ski Lodge. From the perspective of a native Northwesterner, she noted a lack of authenticity, but added that despite that, Embers was pretty good. (As Chris Chamberlain noted in his First Bite, the restaurant is pulling inspiration from ski resorts located all over the world, not just the Pacific Northwest.)

Yes, the theme is a bit hokey — a ski Lodge in Nashville? — but in a city where farm-to-table restaurants and artisanal coffee shops dominate the scene, a change of pace is rather welcome.

Now open for a few months, Embers has had time to settle in and find its stride and is hopeful of becoming a neighborhood hangout. So the restaurant has introduced two new promotions: Mule Mondays and $10 Buck Lunches.

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Good and Cheap Author Leanne Brown Coming to Green Door Gourmet

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 8:20 AM

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When author Leanne Brown was working on her master's thesis on food security at New York University, she decided that her message should live somewhere beyond just a couple of copies of her work to be read only by her family and thesis advisers. So she made the decision to offer it as a free downloadable pdf under the title Good and Cheap. More than 800,000 downloads later, her book has instructed the masses on how to eat on $4 a day.

That is a very conscious choice of a monetary amount, since $4 represents the amount of support that many folks on food stamps, or SNAP program, have as a daily budget. However, even after all those free downloads, Brown realized that many of the exact people she was seeking to reach might not have easy access to a computer or e-reader. So she devised a Kickstarter campaign to create a print edition of her book.

The campaign had the added benefit of offering a free copy of the book to people in need for every one purchased on Kickstarter. The campaign was a resounding success, as Brown's original request for $10,000 to print a small batch attracted 5,636 supporters who raised $144,681, making it the No. 1 cookbook ever on the crowd-funding platform.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sinema Introduces Weeknight Market Menu Special

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:50 AM

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August is such a fantastic time in Tennessee for fresh produce straight from the farm. Not only is there an abundance of tomatoes, peppers, beans and summer squashes, but many of the winter squashes (delicata and butternut, for example) are coming in, as well as peaches, nectarines, early figs and apples. It’s this bounty of fresh produce that has inspired chef Dale Levitski  of Sinema to create a “market menu” each week based on what he’s hand-picked from local farms.

This is Levitski’s first summer in Tennessee and his first opportunity to connect with local farmers. He says that during his time in Montana and Chicago, choosing produce and visiting with farmers were among his favorite things to do. Here in Middle Tennessee, he’s forged a great relationship with Old School Farm as well as Bloomsbury Farms, Fresh & Local Nashville, Hill and Hollow Farms, Fisher Orchards, The Country Barn, Hopkins Farm, Hughes Farm, Greener Roots and Tomato Tomato among others. He noted that he really appreciates the efforts of the Nashville Farmers’ Market in helping him connect with more local purveyors.

The Market Menu is a three-course fixed meal, ranging in price from $35 to $45 per person, depending on the menu. For an additional $20-25 per person, you can add a three-course wine/cocktail pairing. The special is available in the dining room Monday through Thursday with menus changing weekly. Take a look at this week’s menu:

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Strategic Hospitality, Josh Habiger Stake Out Wedgewood-Houston for Next Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

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Chef Josh Habiger is partnering with the Strategic Hospitality restaurant group (the company behind The Catbird Seat, Patterson House and Pinewood Social, among other projects) for a new eatery. Called Bastion, it's coming to the revitalizing Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

“I just wanted to create the type of place that I want to hang out in — a place that isn't pretentious,” says Habiger, who was one of the two founding chefs at The Catbird Seat and was the culinary mind behind Pinewood Social. “Beers, shots, a few simple cocktails, along with some other elements that we hope will make it a great place to go."

(Habiger, a classically trained chef who also has a keen interest in mixology, helped launch cocktail haven Patterson House and did a stint at Aviary in Chicago.)

Bastion will be located in a two-story building at 434 Houston St. A brief release from Strategic Hospitality today gives no details of the planned cuisine, the interior decor or the opening date for Bastion in the arts-and-artisan-centric Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

“I'm very excited to be a part of such a creative area of Nashville," Habiger says.

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InterNASHional Food Crawl Takes on Nolensville Road

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 7:56 AM

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Saturday, Sept. 5, is the date for the third annual foodie scavenger hunt that is known as the InterNASHional Food Crawl. The event is a fundraiser for Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition's Welcoming Tennessee initiative, and even more importantly, seeks to raise awareness of the TIRRC and its efforts to empower immigrants and refugees across the state.

This year, the Food Crawl will direct participants to 15 different ethnic restaurants and markets along a five-mile stretch of Nolensville Road. There are two ticket options, a $10 general admission ticket or a $30 VIP experience. General admission offers a map to eight to 10 of the participating venues and a wristband that entitles you to free tastings at spots representing Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai, Indian and other types of cuisine.

The VIP experience includes transportation in a special bus to stops that are only available to the VIP patrons. In addition to all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, VIP guests will also be treated to their own tour guide, plus drinks on the bus. Two sessions of the VIP tour leave at noon and 2 p.m., while general admission participants can travel at their leisure any time from noon until 4:00.

Tickets for the InterNashional Food Crawl are available at the event website, and the event sold out both of the previous years. So get on it!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Farmers Market Find: Yellow Wax Beans (With Recipe)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

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This time of year is peak season for a lot of Tennessee’s best produce. Along with tons of squash, eggplant and tomatoes, you’ll find lots of beans and peas. Green beans, October beans, crowder peas, black-eyed peas and so on. One of my favorite beans is yellow wax beans.

When buying yellow wax beans at the market, look for young and tender beans. That means they should be light yellow with a bit of green at the tips (no spots) and smooth. Bumpy beans are a sign that they’re a little more mature (the bean inside has grown more). Store in a paper bag or wrapped loosely with a paper towel in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.

These beans are really versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, but I like to eat them in this very simple recipe:

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Music City Food + Wine Announces Pat's Pitmaster Party Participants

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 7:19 AM

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One of the genuine highlights of last year's Music City Food + Wine Festival was the informal pitmaster pavilion that Pat Martin of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint constructed on the edge of the tasting area on both days of the festival. Martin set up all sorts of live-fire cooking apparatuses including grills, spits and even an asado for whole animal cooking, and lots of his chef friends dropped by over the course of the weekend to throw some meat on the barbie for the enjoyment of festival patrons.

The event organizers certainly took notice and have expanded the operation this year, with Martin hosting a cavalcade of chefs and meat smokers to play in the pits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20. The pitmaster party will be set up at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at 600 James Robertson Parkway, and Martin is really excited about the prospect.

“One thing that makes Music City Food + Wine Festival different is the interactive and informal nature of this live-fire area, as chefs will pop in and out throughout the weekend to cook and contribute to the potluck,” Martin says. “I am excited to cook alongside some of my favorite chef friends from around the country using various methods of live-fire cooking that attendees may have never seen before.”

He promises plenty of tastings for attendees including portions of whole-cooked lamb, hog, goat and fish, as well as beef ribs and coal-roasted root vegetables. Check out the roster of participants, according to the festival:


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Goo Goo Cluster Introduces Bite-Sized Lil' Goos

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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Goo Goo Cluster has introduced yet another way to enjoy their candy. Lil' Goos are bite-size versions of the original cluster and come unwrapped and in a resealable 6-ounce pouch. “Customers have been asking for a miniature version of our beloved candy for quite some time,” says Beth Sachan, marketing director for Goo Goo Cluster LLC. “We’re very excited to finally be able to give our fans what they’ve been craving!”

This comes as shocking news to those of us who didn't realize that the original Goo Goo Cluster was not already bite-size. Oops. Though I can't help but wonder if the demand is from people who want to eat more Goo Goos without having to unwrap them.

Anyway, Lil’ Goos are currently available in Goo Goo’s online store as well as the Goo Goo Shop at 116 Third Ave. S. in downtown Nashville. That's also where you'll find the best selection of the Premium Goo Goos, including those made for the Summer Chef Series. This week marks the debut of Chef Maneet Chauhan's "Bollywood Y'all" version of a Goo Goo, which contains spicy cashews, fried chickpea pearls, crispy rice snacks and caramel with a hint of lime, all covered in dark chocolate. You should also be able to find Chef Matt Farley's "South of Somewhere," which contains crispy rice treats, Nutella, toasted hazelnuts, and dried strawberries, covered with milk chocolate. The store also sells a variety of cool Goo Goo clothing and other merchandise.

As for Lil' Goos, you can also find them in select Dollar General stores nationwide. Wider retail distribution is planned for next year.

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